• WordNet 3.6
    • v park place temporarily "park the car in the yard","park the children with the in-laws","park your bag in this locker"
    • v park maneuver a vehicle into a parking space "Park the car in front of the library","Can you park right here?"
    • n park a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games) "take me out to the ballpark"
    • n park a gear position that acts as a parking brake "the put the car in park and got out"
    • n park a large area of land preserved in its natural state as public property "there are laws that protect the wildlife in this park"
    • n park a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area "they went for a walk in the park"
    • n park a lot where cars are parked
    • n Park Scottish explorer in Africa (1771-1806)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Corner of Hyde Park A Corner of Hyde Park
A Scene in Clissold Park A Scene in Clissold Park
A Scene in Regent's Park A Scene in Regent's Park
Moor Park Moor Park
In Moor Park In Moor Park
Park Lane, near Reigate Park Lane, near Reigate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1992, when EuroDisney first opened in France, the public beat some of the park characters because at the time most people had been against the park being built
    • Park A partially inclosed basin in which oysters are grown.
    • Park (Eng. Law) A piece of ground inclosed, and stored with beasts of the chase, which a man may have by prescription, or the king's grant.
    • Park A piece of ground, in or near a city or town, inclosed and kept for ornament and recreation; as, Hyde Park in London; Central Park in New York.
    • Park A position of the gear lever in a vehicle with automatic transmission, used when the vehicle is stopped, in which the transmission is in neutral and a brake is engaged.
    • Park (Mil) A space occupied by the animals, wagons, pontoons, and materials of all kinds, as ammunition, ordnance stores, hospital stores, provisions, etc., when brought together; also, the objects themselves; as, a park of wagons; a park of artillery.
    • Park A tract of ground kept in its natural state, about or adjacent to a residence, as for the preservation of game, for walking, riding, or the like. "While in the park I sing, the listening deer
      Attend my passion, and forget to fear."
    • Park Any place where vehicles are assembled according to a definite arrangement; also, the vehicles.
    • Park In oyster culture, to inclose in a park.
    • Park (Mil) To bring together in a park, or compact body; as, to park artillery, wagons, automobiles, etc.
    • Park To come to a stop [in a vehicle] off of the public road and leave the vehicle standing; -- typically the motor of a parked vehicle is not left running; as, he parked in a no-parking zone.
    • Park To inclose in a park, or as in a park. "How are we parked , and bounded in a pale."
    • Park To place (an object) in a temporary location; as, to park oneself on the couch; to park one's money in a mutual fund.
    • Park To promenade or drive in a park; also, of horses, to display style or gait on a park drive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Brandon, Mississipi it is illegal to attempt to stop someone from walking down the sidewalk by parking a motorhome in their path.
    • n park In English law, a tract of land inclosed and privileged for wild beasts of chase, by the monarch's grant or by prescription. A chase was distinguished from a park by not being inclosed; and both differed from a forest in having no peculiar courts or judicial officers, nor any particular laws.
    • n park A considerable extent of pasture and woodland, surrounding or adjoining a country-house and devoted primarily to purposes of recreation or enjoyment, and often serving to support a herd of cattle or a flock of sheep, or, in Europe, stocked with deer.
    • n park A piece of ground, usually of considerable extent, set apart and maintained for public use, and laid out in such a way as to afford pleasure to the eye as well as opportunity for open-air recreation: as, Central Park in New York, or Hyde Park in London.
    • n park An inclosed piece of ground suitable for tillage or pasture; an inclosed field.
    • n park A high plateau-like valley, resembling the “holes” and “prairies” of the more northern parts of the Rocky Mountain ranges.
    • n park Milit.: The space or inclosure occupied by the guns, wagons, animals, pontoons, powder, provisions, stores, etc., when brought together, or the objects themselves: as, a park of artillery, of provisions, of wagons, etc.
    • n park A complete set or equipment, as of guns, tools, etc.: as, a park of siege-guns.
    • n park A large net placed at the margin of the sea, with only one entrance, which is next the shore, and is left dry by the ebb of the tide.
    • n park In oyster-culture, a sunken bed on which oysters are placed for reproduction and growth, and which is filled with water by each high tide.
    • n park A prison.
    • park To inclose or shut up in as in a park.
    • park To bring together in a park or compact body: as, to park artillery.
    • park To frequent a public park.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Scituate, Rhode Island it is illegal to keep a flock of chickens in your motorhome if you live in a trailer park.
    • n Park pärk an enclosed piece of land for a special purpose, as for wild beasts: a grass field: a tract of land surrounding a mansion: a piece of ground enclosed for recreation:
    • v.t Park to enclose: to bring together in a body, as artillery
    • n Park pärk (mil.) a space in an encampment occupied by the artillery; hence, a collection of artillery, or stores in an encampment
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    “An old-timer is one who remembers when it cost more to run a car than to park it.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.”
  • Charlie Chaplin
    “All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.”
  • George Eliot
    “Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet”
  • Henrietta Mears
    Henrietta Mears
    “It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving.”


Walk in the park - An undertaking that is easy is a walk in the park. The opposite is also true - "no walk in the park".


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. pearroc, or perh. rather fr. F. parc,; both being of the same origin; cf. LL. parcus, parricus, Ir. & Gael. pairc, W. park, parwg,. Cf. Paddock an inclosure, Parrock
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pearroc, prob. modified by Fr. parc.


In literature:

I never saw but one Bobcat in the Yellowstone Park, and that was not in the Park, but at Gardiner where it was held a captive.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The stream broke at length from the forest and, swelled by a sizable tributary, flowed broad and deep into a rolling, park-like landscape.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
The Cowlairs had to play the Queen's Park in one of the ties, and a determined tussle it turned out to be.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
Doubtless by what is now Albury Park the road has become confused.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The Mulberry Bend Park kept its promise.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Belsize Avenue is a park-like road, from which on the south side stretch the meadows of Belsize Park.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
But why did you bring him to Paradise Park?
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
The old elms of the park of Manor Cross were very tempting.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
The room, which was furnished with tolerable taste, gave on Park Avenue where she resided.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
America has Prospect Park and the very beautiful Goat Island Park on its side, but these are not extended along the gorge.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton

In poetry:

Up yonder in Buena Park
There is a famous spot,
In legend and in history
Yclept the Waller Lot.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
You have no passion for the play,
Or park, or other showy scenes;
And, hence, you have no scores to pay,
And live within your husband’s means.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
CHO. The god of day, the god of day,
The park shall our Sparkeion play,
Ha Ha, etc.
The rarest fun and rarest fare
That ever fell to mortal share
Ha ha etc.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Now deserted are the roads
Where awhile the lovers went;
Vacant are the field-abodes
Where a vivid hour they spent:
Solemn dark
Broods again in lane and park.
"After Bank Holiday" by Elizabeth Daryush
My window waits; at dawn I hark
His call; at morn I meet
His haste around the tossing park
And down the softened street;
The gentler light is his; the dark,
The grey—he turns it sweet.
"West Wind In Winter" by Alice Meynell
There's light enough, and strong enough,
To lighten every pleasant park;
I'm sorry lights are held so cheap,
I'd rather there were not a spark
Than choose those shining ways for joy
And have them lead me into dark.
"Street Light" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

Scott Park J. Scott Park Workers unwrap flowers in the Herman Gumper Exhibition Building at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Tuesday.
The National Park Service will turn to sharpshooters, birth control and other methods to thin the growing deer herd in Rock Creek Park and protect the park's vegetation.
The fire broke out around 3:15 am on the parking lot of a uniform laundry facility located in the 600 block of Industrial Park Drive.
Park officials have named a hiker who was killed by a grizzly bear in Alaska's Denali National Park .
County Commissioners voted on it in a meeting on Thursday and officials were quick to point out that all of the Park Rangers will still have a job and that the parks will still be patrolled.
A new partnership between Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Park Foundation, and private corporations is now diverting the plastic bottles collected in Yellowstone to be made into carpet backing here in the U.S.
To merge, Central Parking and Standard Parking would have to divest 16 Denver properties.
California State Parks – Sutter's Fort State Historic Park.
Greg Stanley Loves Park & Machesney Park.
"Going Out In Style — Live At Fenway Park" has 18 songs from the band's two shows at Fenway Park last September.
Just got off the phone with Eight Forty-Eight's Richard Steele live at the Hyde Park Hair Salon in Chicago's Hyde Park.
A s Deception Pass State Park is being considered for the National Register of Historic Places, the park has seen a precipitous drop in the number of people visiting, which has cost State Parks tens of thousands of dollars in visitor fees.
Ottawa County Parks is offering a "Fall Fungi Hike" on Saturday, Oct 6, beginning at 9 am at Riley Trails County Park in Park Township.
The Rockford Park District has accepted the 2012 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Thursday night the Sedalia Park's Department unveiled its latest project in the form of a new handicap accessible park, located at Centennial Park.

In science:

University Park, Pennsylvania: PCR: Films and Video in the Behavioral Sciences.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
University Park, Pennsylvania: PCR: Films and Video in the Behavioral Sciences.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
University Park, Pennsylvania: PCR: Films and Video in the Behavioral Sciences.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
McConnell et al. (1991) searched for pulsars using Parkes at a wavelength of 50 cm.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
The observing system used for timing these pulsars at Parkes is identical to that used in the survey with the exception that the data were only recorded from the center beam of the multibeam receiver.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds